Chemistry of Space

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Chemistry of Space provides an overview of the latest information about the solar system, comets, and meteors, and other features of the universe made available as a result of space exploration and research in astrochemistry. The volume is an impressive account of our universe, the events through which it was created, the changes that have taken place during its evolution, and its present composition.

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Overview

Chemistry of Space provides an overview of the latest information about the solar system, comets, and meteors, and other features of the universe made available as a result of space exploration and research in astrochemistry. The volume is an impressive account of our universe, the events through which it was created, the changes that have taken place during its evolution, and its present composition.

Chemistry of Space contains information on: the birth of the universe, the chemical composition of a planet, comets, meteors, asteroids, and the Moon, formation of the heavy elements, the inner planets, interstellar space, the outer planets, star classification. This volume contains more than 30 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, a glossary, a detailed list of print and Web resources, and an index. The New Chemistry is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers who require information on the intriguing science of chemistry.

About the Author:
David E. Newton, Ph.D., was a professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816052745
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: New Chemistry Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     ix
The Birth of the Universe     1
In the Beginning     1
Georges Edouard Lemaitre (1894-1966)     2
A Cooling Universe     5
Particle Decay     7
The Formation of Compound Particles     8
And Then There Were Atoms     11
Is the Theory True?     13
George Gamow (1904-1968)     16
Where to Next?     19
The Chemistry of Interstellar Space     21
The Composition of the Interstellar Medium     22
Interstellar Clouds     29
Robert Julius Trumpler (1886-1956)     30
Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium     34
Tools for Studying the Chemical Characteristics of the ISM     39
Hendrik Christoffel van de Hulst (1918-2000)     46
Formation of the Heavy Elements     47
Stellar Evolution     48
Classifying stars     49
Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941)     50
A Star Is Born     55
Turning Hydrogen into Helium     61
Helium Burning...and Beyond     66
Bigger Stars = More Elements     69
Margaret Burbidge (1919- ) and GeoffreyBurbidge (1925- )     74
The Inner Planets     81
Studying the Chemical Composition of a Planet     82
Mercury     90
Venus     94
The Hubble Space Telescope     108
Mars     111
Asaph Hall (1829-1907)     122
The Outer Planets     126
Missions to the Outer Planets     127
Jupiter     132
S. Alan Stern (1957- )     134
The Jovian Moons     143
Saturn     151
Uranus     156
Neptune     161
Pluto     164
James E. Webb (1906-1992)     165
Kuiper Belt Objects     167
Gerard Peter Kuiper (1905-1973)     168
Comets, Meteors, Asteroids, and the Moon     171
Comets     172
Edmund Halley (1656-1742)     176
Meteors, Meteoroids, and Meteorites     192
Asteroids     202
The Moon     216
Conclusion     227
Glossary     229
Further Reading     235
Index     239
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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Fills some important gaps in understanding of space.

    I enjoyed this book because it filled in long neglected gaps in the popular descriptions of the cosmos. For example we have read about cosmic dust for years without ever really finding out what is known about its composition. Beginning with the chemistry of the big bang, it takes the reader on a cosmic tour which ends in our backyard - the moon. The reader will find where we are surprisingly confident about the nature of material in far flung areas of space and where we a still mystified. It is well written and organized and does not leave the reader with more questions than answers, which happens in more science books than you might imagine. My one gripe is with the abundent typographical errors. The book would have benefitted from a good proof reading.

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